Man arrested after allegedly dragging trooper in Ware

Staff Writer
Published: 2/20/2020 11:46:50 PM
Modified: 2/20/2020 11:46:39 PM

WARE — A Connecticut man has been arrested for allegedly dragging a state trooper with his car.

Joseph Hurlburt, 24, of Enfield, was stopped by state police on Route 32 on Wednesday at about 4 p.m., according to a post on the Massachusetts State Police news blog.

The trooper determined Hurlburt had multiple warrants out for his arrest, and attempted to remove him from the vehicle, police say.

Hurlburt then allegedly began to move the vehicle forward, then accelerated, dragging the trooper approximately 30 feet before stopping abruptly, causing the trooper to fall, police say.

The trooper was not injured in the incident, police said, but Hurlburt took off before he could be apprehended. Ware police later found him and arrested him at around 2 a.m. Thursday.

Hurlburt has been charged in relation to the alleged incident with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest and interfering with a police officer.

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